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Erawan Shrine, Bangkok: A Sacred Landmark in the Heart of Bangkok

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“Miracles happen to those who believe in them”

This is the mantra of the Erawan shrine situated in the Pathum Wan region of Bangkok. The temples in Bangkok are a pretty common tourist attraction. With their beautifully bedecked shrines and spectacular interiors, the Thai temples bring about an awe factor in every visitor that has the privilege of witnessing their magic. But the city’s temples are more than just a place of worship. They embrace principles of aesthetic beauty and abide by the Buddhist values of compassion and giving back to the society. 

Among these gorgeous temples lies the revered Hindu Erawan shrine. It is a Hindu shrine that was built in the 1950s to ward off evil spirits and emanate good fortune. It is believed to bring all of its devotees’ wishes come true through religious prayer. The main God of worship is a Buddhist avatar of the Hindu God Brahma. Religiously the principal deity is called Thao Maha Brahma. The temple is greatly loved by tourists and locals alike and is visited very often. Here’s a list of things you should know about Erawan shrine and a small to-do list to tick off while you visit this wish granting shrine in Thailand. Explore the vibrant culture, breathtaking landscapes, and exotic cuisine with our exclusive Thailand Tour Packages, offering an unforgettable journey through this enchanting Southeast Asian destination.

Things to do at Erawan Shrine

  • Pray

Worshippers from all across the country pay a visit to this temple to pay homage to the Thai representation of the Hindu God Brahma. It is believed to be a place that emanates good luck. Devotees come here and pray for their wishes and they often return with gifts to the temple when their prayers have been answered.

  • Religious offerings

Vendors outside the shrine sell products such as garlands, flowers, and incense sticks which you can purchase and offer to pay your respect to the deity. This practice is common in Hindu temples and is followed in the Erawan shrine as well.

Highlights of Erawan Shrine

  • Ram Kae Bon

Since the Erawan shrine is considered to be an auspicious place of worship, devotees pay the deity their respects and pray ardently for their wishes to come true. Once they do, the worshippers come back to the temple and as a gesture of gratitude, they hire Thai dancers to perform in front of the deity. This is a sight to behold for tourists and locals alike. 

  • Avoiding meat

The visitors are required to stay away from eating meat for three days when they visit this temple. The day before, on the day of the visit and the day after. 

  • Spirit houses

The principle of the shrine is based on the age-old Thai custom of building “spirit houses” near buildings to ward off evil spirits. The Erawan hotel nearby is said to have been facing several obstacles during the construction process, to whose rescue came the shrine. This is the reason why the shrine is well-known among tourists and locals.

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Best time to visit Erawan Shrine

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The shrine is open every day of the week from 6 AM in the morning to 10 PM at night. IT is best to visit the shrine in the early hours to have a pleasant experience without getting caught up in a crowd. 

There is no entrance fee to visit the shrine.

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How to Reach Erawan Shrine

Situated at the Ratchaprasong intersection, the busiest in the city, the shrine is quite accessible for tourists. You can take the BTS Skytrain to the Siam district, the commercial capital of Bangkok and from there it is a two to five minute walk. Explore the vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and rich history of Thailand with our curated Bangkok Tour Packages, offering an unforgettable journey filled with adventure and relaxation.

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Attractions Near Erawan Shrine

  • MTC Thai Silk

A showroom that literally tailors an ethnically unique suit for you in less than 24 hours. This unique textile store takes up your unique requirements and puts together an outfit that will work both as a chic style statement and as a souvenir from your trip to the city of angels. They have over 7000+ options in Thai silk for you to choose from!

  • Gaysorn Shopping center

Malls and Bangkok are a match made in heaven! Take a step into the Gaysorn shopping center to get the authentic Bangkok shopping experience. Picking from the baskets of flagship international brands, Gaysorn brings you the world in a shopping trolley! They also have their own valet and concierge service that make the mall a shopaholic’s heaven.

  • The artisans’ royal club

Located within the Gaysorn mall, the artisans’ royal club is a hidden gem for anyone who wishes to purchase premium quality men’s clothing and accessories. The place is famous for housing the oldest barbershop in the whole world along with a whiskey and cigar art space bar. Along with bespoke fashion from flagship brands, the place supports and encourages local artisans as well. Do check out their options in shoes and denim. 

  • Spasso Bistro

Tucked away inside the world of the Grand Hyatt, the Spasso steakhouse bistro draws heavy influence from a Parisian bistro setup. With an assorted menu handpicked by their seasoned French chef and a wide range of options for wine and drinks, the bistro is a perfect feast for your senses. The aura is beautifully wrapped in tunes of jazz and indie music. A perfect ending to a long day of holidaying in the city.

The Erawan shrine is one of the many religious attractions of Bangkok that give you culture in a cosmopolitan wrapper. Check out the Pickyourtrail website to see more places in Bangkok that can give you a holistic holiday experience in Thailand. Help us create an itinerary tailored exclusively for you starting from accommodations, restaurants and activities that you will genuinely enjoy! Our travel concierge will take care of your bookings while you sit back and relax. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Erawan Shrine

No. Entry is free to Erawan shrine.

There are no strict rules at the shrine, but it is advisable to wear outfits that cover your shoulders and knees.

The best time to visit the shrine would be the early hours of morning when it is not very crowded

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